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Increased migration to the U.S.-Mexico border is again causing problems for federal authorities and local Texas officials.
Border patrol officials told the Washington Post and the New York Times that thousands of immigrants, mostly from Haiti, have arrived in the Great River this week. Officers were working quickly to prosecute them all, but officials reported to the media that there were significant delays.
More than 9,000 migrants were detained Thursday in a temporary parking area under the Del Rio International Bridge while officers worked to prosecute them all, according to media reports. Authorities believe thousands more are set to cross the Del Rio community in the coming days.
There was confusion Thursday after Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the federal government had asked state agencies to help close the port of entry. of Del Rio, the location of the recent influx of Haitians. migrants.
Abbott said the Biden administration overturned the decision hours later.
But according to the Texas Tribune, a CBP spokesman denied that they had ever given such an order.
Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter cruises in the meantime.
Operation Lone Star captures thousands of migrants
Texas officials have implemented local strategies to deal with what they call the “historic increase” in migration. Abbott has referred to the crisis of people trying to cross into the United States as a “border crisis.”
On Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said there were
2% fewer migrant encounters on the southern border in August than in July. In total, there were 208,887 encounters along the southwestern border. Of these, 25% involved people who had attempted to make the crossing at least once in the past year.
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Operation Lone Star, the state’s controversial new program to crack down on border crossings, enacted by Gov. Greg Abbott in March, includes imprisoning asylum seekers, making disaster declarations and building a border wall. This program is independent and sometimes at odds with federal border control efforts.
On Thursday, the Texas Department of Public Safety released data on program work since March 2. Since the beginning of the program, officers have made nearly 6,000 arrests of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Migrants arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety were charged with felony rape, not immigration-related offenses, as only the federal government has the capacity to make such charges.
Texas officials also announced Thursday that they awarded a $ 11 million contract to build a wall and fencing along the Texas-Mexico border.
Critics say some of Operation Lone Star’s measures are unconstitutional.
Abbott ordered his state highway patrol to ban any vehicles — even commercial buses — suspected of carrying unauthorized migrants. Officers also use air, land and sea efforts.
Critics say Operation Lone Star has ended up being police
Operation Lone Star has resulted in an increase in law enforcement presence in border communities. Civil rights activists have feared this could lead to excessive policing by local residents, according to Texas Texas Radio.
The border report says the deployment of more than 1,000 Texas state soldiers in the Rio Grande Valley resulted in a large number of traffic citations issued in four predominantly Hispanic counties on the border.
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More than 16% of all citations issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety between March 1 and May 31 were in Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties on the Texas-Mexico border.
Other reports indicate that the growing presence of public safety officials has led to more frivolous traffic citations, as more drivers were reportedly attracted for no reason.
In addition to these concerns, an increase in high-speed chases, which often involved thefts of vehicles carrying undocumented immigrants, has worried residents of many border communities, according to the Washington Post.
Officers from the Department of Public Safety have been involved in several vehicle chases, according to agency data released this week.
In the Del Rio area, Texas public safety officials reported that vehicle chases increased 774% through July of this year to 236, compared to 27 in 2020. In the Laredo area there are an increase of 86% year-on-year, with 140 in 2021 compared to 75 the previous year. Similarly, the Rio Grande Valley recorded a 40% increase in activities, with 163 by July 2021, compared to 116 in 2020.